It seems that the revamping of Newsweek online and in print earlier this year couldn’t stem the tide of layoffs that have hit magazines across the board this fall.
Yesterday, editor Jon Meacham sent his staff a memo, obtained by Politico, explaining that the magazine had been “compelled by business considerations” to cut about 12 people from the staff. Meacham went on to say he had “no spin to offer,” about the news, but added that the redesign has ween well received by readers and the magazine will continue to look for new sources of revenue in order to (presumably) avoid more cuts in the future.
Now we’re just left wondering which staffers got pink slips. If you have any info, send us an email or leave a tip in the box on the right.
Update: A tipster tells us that two librarians, including the head of the library, were among those let go at Newsweek.
Read the full memo after the jump
Layoffs At Newsweek –Politico
To the Staff
From Jon Meacham
This has been a tough day for the magazine. Because the economic climate in publishing has become ever more difficult, we have been compelled by business considerations to eliminate about a dozen positions. We are parting company with colleagues who have done much to serve the magazine and its readers. As much as we would like it to be otherwise, market conditions mean that we are going to have to do our work with fewer people.
I have no spin to offer. I will say this, though: our new magazine and website have been well received by readers. The different direction we undertook earlier this year continues to appear promising in terms of building and retaining an engaged audience that we hope will be attractive to advertisers while we, like so many other organizations, seek new sources of revenue in order to fulfill our mission. Our situation is not unique. But we will keep working as hard as we can to find solutions that are.
In the meantime, thanks to you all for the work you have done and will do. To those who are leaving, we will miss you, and we wish you the very best.